(CNN) - As Republican presidential candidates monitored vote returns from Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, Vice President Joe Biden slammed the contest's projected winner as out of touch with middle class Americans.
Speaking to New Hampshire voters via teleconference, Biden took specific aim at Mitt Romney, saying the former Massachusetts governor was more concerned with wealthy businesses than middle class workers.
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Biden conceded Romney's widely-commented-on comment that he "likes being able to fire people" was "probably taken a little out of context," but said the remark nonetheless reflected Romney's true sentiments.
"He thinks it's more important for the stockholders and the shareholders and the investors and the venture capital guys to do well than for those employees to be part of the bargain," Biden said.
Biden used Tuesday's address to try and counter the overwhelming Republican pretense in New Hampshire during the state's closely-monitored primary. President Barack Obama made a similar address to voters in Iowa last week during the state's caucuses.
In his address Tuesday, Biden said Romney was blind to the basic problems facing American voters.
"Listen to Mitt Romney. He has no idea the bargain even exists, let alone is broken. How else can you say the best way to fix the financial crisis is by letting it all go down to the bottom?" he asked.
The candidates' personalities weren't the problem, Biden said, but rather their platforms.
"These guys are not immoral bad guys," Biden said. "They have a fundamentally different view of this country and what will make it great."
Listing off achievements from President Barack Obama's first three years in office, Biden hit on the passage of health care reform, jobs creation, and staving of the collapse of the American auto industry.
Biden said the Obama White House had "one overarching commitment: to give the middle class a fighting chance."
"The country is ready to move," he added. "We've just got to clear the brush out of the way."